BBC Festival showcases Arab art, culture, and journalism in London

The 4th edition of the BBC Arabic Festival will take place between 20 and 26 April 2018 at the BBC Radio Theatre. (Photo credit: BBC Arabic)
Updated 20 April 2018
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BBC Festival showcases Arab art, culture, and journalism in London

  • Fiction and non-fiction films reflecting current political and social situations in the Arab world will be screened at the festival.
  • The week-long festival will open on Friday, April 20.

LONDON: The fourth edition of the BBC Arabic Festival will take place between 20 and 26 April 2018 at the BBC Radio Theatre in London. Fiction and non-fiction films reflecting current political and social situations in the Arab world will be screened at the festival, and it will also feature talks, panel discussions and special events about journalism, broadcast and filmmaking in the region.
A new day-long Digital Journalism focus will feature at the festival for the first time, and there will also be a celebration of the 10th anniversary of BBC Arabic television.
The week-long festival will open on Friday, April 20, with a screening of award-winning short films exploring the refugee experience which include Mare Nostrum, a portrayal of a father’s decision to put his daughter’s life at risk, Fate, Wherever it Takes Us, a self-reflective, experimental film about a journey from Syrian minefields to asylum in Jordan, and clips from a new film by 2017 Young Journalist Award Winner Mohamed Jabaly (Dir. Ambulance), which follows six asylum seekers living in Tromso, Norway.
The closing awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 26 at 7.30pm (BST), and will be hosted by celebrated Korean/Vietnamese comedian Wonho Chung. Musical guest Lekhfa will also be performing live.


Asian Cup Media Committee hits out at BeIN Sports presenter over political comments

Updated 17 January 2019
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Asian Cup Media Committee hits out at BeIN Sports presenter over political comments

  • BeIN Sports presenter denounced for talking about politics during the Iran-Iraq clash.
  • Asian Cup Media Committee call on AFC to take appropriate action to separate politics from sports.

LONDON: The Asian Cup Media Committee has denounced the behavior of a beIN Sports presenter during Wednesday’s Group D clash between Iraq and Iran for bringing politics into sports while also commenting on Thursday’s Saudi Arabia-Qatar encounter.
Mentioning politics while broadcasting is against FIFA’s laws and regulations as well as the governing principles of the International Olympic Committee that prohibit misuse of sports for political purposes, the committee said.
The Committee disputed the presenter’s claims on the alleged absence of Qatari fans during the championship, citing the Qatari media delegation’s statements to AFP that the Qatari official delegation did not encounter any problems or obstacles during the championship.
In addition to that the committee also cited the Asian Football Confederation’s statements that showed up the Qatari channel presenter’s allegations of on the absence of Qatari fans as false.
The Committee affirmed that all efforts were being made during the championship to ensure the smooth attendance of fans supporting their national teams at the tournament taking place across the UAE.
The Committee called on the AFC to take appropriate action to separate politics from sports, affirming that it reserved the right to take all necessary legal action in collaboration with authorities concerned against the channel and its presenter.